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Electrolytes on Keto: What are They Important?

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  Published on September 30th, 2020
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electrolytes on keto

Electrolytes are a key part of many essential processes in your body. So, what exactly are they, and why are electrolytes so important on keto? Are you getting enough electrolytes in your ketogenic diet?What are Electrolytes?Electrolytes refer to particles that carry a negative or positive electric charge. In the nutrition space, the term more specifically refers to essential minerals present in your urine, sweat, and blood. These minerals form electrolytes when they dissolve in a fluid. The electrolytes are positive or negative ions that are used in numerous metabolic processes  [1,2]. Some of the electrolytes found in your body are:SodiumChloridePotassiumMagnesiumPhosphateBicarbonateCalcium Electrolytes are important for conducting nervous impulses, keeping you hydrated, contracting muscles, and regulating your body’s pH levels. You need a sufficient number of electrolytes from your diet to keep your body functioning properly [3,4,5,6].Electrolytes are crucial for balancing your internal environment and ensuring the proper functioning of your nervous system and muscles. To understand how important electrolytes are for your health, let’s look at calcium as an example. Calcium is needed for muscle contraction, and it […]…

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